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Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas For Violin Solo / Podger


Release Date: 11/12/2002 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 24982   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rachel Podger
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Having much enjoyed the first volume of Rachel Podger’s complete recording of Bach’s solo Partitas and Sonatas, I had high hopes of this second instalment. They were not disappointed. Here, particularly in the E major Partita and the C major Sonata, Podger’s effervescent musical personality is given full rein. The Partita is subtly yet distinctly infused with the courtly refinement of French Baroque music, and Podger’s spry, elegant playing and sweet sound (perhaps a touch limited in its tonal palette) are perfectly suited to its delicate style. The opening Adagio of the C major Sonata, by contrast, has a ghostly stillness, which Podger effectively offsets with a light-filled Fugue and a vivacious Allegro.

No less successful
Read more is Podger’s reading of the more introspective A minor Sonata. Her technical control of the Fugue and the concluding Allegro – the two most technically demanding movements – is quietly impressive: here is an artist who is an undemonstrative mistress of her instrument. More affecting in this work, however, are the two slow movements. The opening Grave has a disarming wistfulness – a far cry from the dark fervour some players draw out of it; and the Andante is played with a stark simplicity that lays bare the haunting essence of the piece.

Arthur Grumiaux’s recordings from the Sixties remain a classic benchmark, but these youthful interpretations of such profound music have a bitter-sweet edge. In short, Podger’s infectious charm and unaffected musicianship are hard to resist.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Kate Bolton, BBC Music Magazine
reviewing BWV 1003, 1005 & 1006
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Works on This Recording

1.
Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
4.
Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
5.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
6.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

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